DRDO signs six MoUs with pvt players

Written by fe Bureaus | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 27 2010, 03:49am hrs
The DRDO-Ficci Accelerated Technology Assessment and Commercialisation (ATAC) Programme reached a new landmark on Monday with the signing of six memorandum of understanding (MoU) between DRDO and leading industry players.

The MoUs will enable transfer of DRDO developed technologies to the partner industries and, in turn, make them globally competitive. The ATAC, a joint initiative of DRDO and Ficci, is aimed at helping industries to absorb high-quality DRDO technologies and apply them commercially to produce quality and reliable industrial products at an affordable cost to the consumer.

The industries that signed the agreements with DRDO include: Jyothy Laboratories and Alkali Metals for multi-insect repellant based on DEPA; Jyothy Laboratories for woolcare ; Vantage Security for explosive detection kit; Deltapure Water India Ltd. and Ariva Group for RO based Water Purification System; MGM Associates for High Altitude Pulmonary Oedema (HAPO) Chamber and GSC Glass for electrochromic window.

These agreements were inked in the presence minister of state for defence MM Pallam Raju, Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, DG, DRDO and secretary, defence R&D; Dr. Prahlada, chief controller, R&D (Services Interaction), DRDO; and Dr Amit Mitra, secretary general, Ficci.

DRDO labs have been undertaking a large number of projects in wide-ranging areas of science & tech related to the Indian Armed Forces.

Though the end products are for military use, many of the technologies that are developed to realise these systems can have civilian applications. These technologies and products may have large commercial potential and wide application in India and abroad.

However, many industries are keen on new scientific inputs and processes for expanding their business.

To unearth the hidden potential in the commercial market, DRDO through Ficci, launched the ATAC programme.

This commercialization process is aimed at filling the technology gap in Indian industries.

A proposal for providing incentives to scientists who are behind these innovations is also on the anvil and DRDO hopes to introduce it soon, said Dr Vijay Kumar Saraswat, DG, DRDO and secretary, defence R&D.

The industry body has established a Centre for Technology Commercialisation to provide an organized structure to link the mind to the market. The Centre will be supported by the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. All activities of technology assessment and commercialization at Ficci could be undertaken as part of this Centre.

According to Mitra, "We would be supporting all public and private funded research organizations under this. We will continue to provide commercialization support to DRDO, DST and look forward to supporting organizations like CSIR as well."